Step up to the plate: Make local needs known to state lawmakers
Inside: Highlights of the upcoming VML Annual Conference
Cover story: The 2017 General Assembly won't convene until January, but VML members have already drafted the legislative agenda based on issues likely to affect local governments in the coming sessions. Page 15.
When trust is frayed: Restoring public confidence following a crisis
Inside: Annual Conference Highlights
Cover story: Most public organizations face controversy from time to time. Restoring public trust means allowing the public an open view while you're fixing it, being prepared to be unpopular, reporting successful baby steps and not expecting much credit for a while.
State of emergency: Get to know your state partners before disaster strikes
Inside: Innovation Awards call for entries
About the cover: Governor Terry McAuliffe speaks with the press in the aftermath of the February 2016 tornadoes that devastated the Tappahannock region. In this month's cover story (page8), learn the most important ways localities can count on their state partners in times of disaster. Photo courtesy of Va. Department of Emergency Management.
Turning the page on child hunger: First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe tells a new story about feeding Virginia children
Inside: VML's General Assembly scorecard
About the cover: First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe reads to a class at Bellevue Elementary School in Richmond during Virginia Agriculture Literacy Week. In this month’s cover story (page 7), Mrs. McAuliffe shares her vision for the No Kid Hungry Virginia Campaign. Photo by Elaine Lidholm, Va. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services